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    • alternatives to Facebook? (Last post by Adder)
    • I don't use it much, but check it. I was the same with Myspace. Was good to see FB support VR at Oculus though, I'd love VR to have affordable market penetration and growth. I'm not sure what it's advantages are besides an evolved email contact list, to include all that other media and connectivity at the cost of real functionality. Yea a social platform, online, lol - a bit of a contradiction in terms but I get it. I just prefer things to based around functional output rather then face connection. The idea has some merit but eventually might be absorbed into the desktop of some OS :blink:
    • Copyright (Last post by 6h057)
    • Fascinating article about the affects of the digital paradigm on how artists are paid and the changing value of art in the new paradigm. www.linkedin.com/pulse/less-money-mo-mus...biz-jason-hirschhorn
    • Workout Check-In Thread (Last post by Keladry)
    • Trying to get in shape. My goal is to work out for at least 30 minutes everyday. My workout today was 45 minutes on the stair exercise machine.
    • IP discussion area (Last post by Rosalyn J)
    • Like Steam said, just relax. Write your thoughts down as best you can. Another thing, this is not a one shot deal. In the years to come you will return to this material having gained in the areas of experience and knowledge and you will see things you didn't see before.
    • Fear of Ridicule (Last post by Tarran)
    • Quote: Also, I've been writing something up for the purpose of making a video to post on my Facebook page to tell all and everyone I am a Jedi. I've compiled what I feel should be said in such a way as to make clear and very plain exactly what it is to me, how it is a practical philosophy, etc., in such a way that I'm certain none would scoff - but in fact might become even quite interested themselves. It's not out of trying to proclaim anything so much, but more out of not wanting to have to watch what I post, say, write, etc., and end up making people think I'm being a geeky otaku as opposed to someone serious about his path (which might be difficult, since for different reasons, I'm a bit of both LOL). My friends see me online, doing whatever I do... I feel I should be mindful not to misrepresent things. I've been working on the script of it for quite a few weeks now (one of the things that's kept me busy - sorry I've been away so long) - I should have it all figured out sometime soon - will let y'all know, as I'd like to see what y'all think :D I seem to have hit a snag or two, but I'm undetered, for the most part... however, for consideration, here's the prob's; #1 - The major snag is that some of my old ASL friends (deaf/signing) from New England has gotten back in touch with me and are now in my FB friends list - which is wonderful, and they are totally awesome peeps - and had mentioned to me that in my existing FB vid's, they don't know what I'm on about, and asked me if I'd be signing in any vid's I make from now - I of course said yes, and I can still hack a fairly decent conversation in ASL, but for the video I wanna create, I'm gonna need my hands free (and let's face it, beef up some signs so that I don't have to constantly finger-spell concepts such as "Jedi" and "force", etc.)... so I thought of signing, "Hey everyone, I need my hands for this, my friends - but worry not, I'll have a link to a transcript... " etc. - I'm still not 100% sure on how I feel about this option. #2 - A teeny-tiny voice inside me (as well as much larger, more tangible voices from friends), tells me I should evolve into this deed by steps... perhaps first a post that all, including deaf friends, need only read... feel things out... then go from there. #3 - I mainly want to record something that shows who we are in a very respectable light, but I also realize that I'm certainly not some "spokesperson" who could presume to speak for the order, nor would I pretend to be. I'd *like* to post something on say, YouTube, so that others here (or elsewhere, in the overall Jedi community), if they feel it would be a smooth enough ice-breaker for them to "come out" with, among their peers, as a fellow Jedi, then they'd be welcome to share it in order to aid in explaining their involvement in Jediism, and I'd be happy to be of service - but whereas I can only speak from my very personal experience, not everyone might feel the same way as I might portray... although the general gist may well do the job well enough (perhaps). So it seems that I'm apparently still on the drawing board with this, but I am yet determined. Anyways, as a FIRST evolutionary step, among which may certainly become quite a few, in the transition towards said goal, I have this main blog post on my side journal, linked here. This is how I've explained it to a few of my closest friends. All who have seen it do give me their full and complete support, with nothing less than seriousness and respect. This may in some parts, though NOT necessarily all parts (particularly the first bits about my childhood lol), represent what may become involved in the future video... or not lol
    • Ethics - Stop just saying the word (Last post by Adder)
    • Yeap. It looks like they are trying to push the individual as a sensor to the broader command and control (C2) processes as technology penetrates more and more, but for the most confrontational version of this.. the soldier with a rifle stoppage retreating into close quarters to resolve it, and having to pull a handgun and engage someone face to face in a room, technology or C2 really is not in the picture anymore. I think in those scenario's ethics and morality only exist at the level of is the contact either 'enemy', 'friendly' or 'non-combantant'. The distinction between the first and last gets a lot tougher in some scenario's, but in a kill or be killed situation the decision making would likely fall entirely on the duty element of the job to meet that job description and that means no individual moral or ethical consideration beyond threat/situational assessment ie what your getting paid to do. But for the rest of the time (majority) even within combat additional time and capabilities can exist to allow the individual defence person to exert their own awareness and assessment to improve the quality of information being fed into that C2. Putting the 'i' in Infantry (meaning 'information') :lol:
    • Jedi and Drugs (Last post by 6h057)
    • Based solely on my own experiences and observations, LSD and Entheogens in general are not necessarily used for exploration of external space, but rather internal space. Your 'vision' of external space begins to fall in line with you perceive as your internal life. You project the beauty or ugliness you see in yourself at that moment onto the world. Not as an actual divorce from reality, but as an understanding of, this is what I'm experiencing inside myself right now. It helps you to pick out the internal and external factors that lead to your current mental and emotional state and understand interdependence. From what I see in the culture surrounding these particular substances, people don't see them as recreational at all. More as a powerful tool. Timothy Leary, et al. all believe that it was something to be done carefully and with great respect for the experience. There should always be someone present that functions as ground control for you when you go down this path. The only way for one to understand consciousness is to experiment with it. Limit it, expand it, alter it, whatever you need to do in order to observe the change that happens. Since it is intangible and only observable by the person in the experience, we have to rely on subjective experience. Then again, consciousness IS subjective experience. Without a sense of self or separateness, we can't experience what it means to be objective in the first place, to even experience belonging. Meditation can get you to these places with immense amounts of practice, sure. But there is a reason that scientists and doctors both use Entheogens to assist in the study of consciousness, because the results can be acquired in a regular and predictable time frame. Do I think that these substances can be considered useful to Jedi? Absolutely. I've had a few eureka moments because of LSD, Dipropyl-Triptamine and Mushrooms. I would say that my current understanding of the flux of energy in the universe and how karma/law of reciprocal energy exchange work are rooted in these experiences. I wouldn't have broken through my religious indoctrination as a Conservative Christian or dealt with my history of sexual abuse as positively if I didn't have a history with these chemicals. Dipropyl-Triptamine (DPT) is actually legal to possess, the experience is rather short lived and quite enlightening. It's my favorite of these kind of experiences. Am I advocating? No. Be responsible and enter at your own risk. You're playing with your mind here. Those of unsound mind should avoid at all costs.
    • Today I.... (Last post by Alethea Thompson)
    • Spoke with a Democratic Party Organizer at Starbucks. He is awesome, the reason he got involved in politics is to get people to exercise their right to vote in order to exact the change they want in the world. ^^ When he and I talked, he didn't once try to talk me into voting for Hilary either- instead we spoke on the concerns we had with different policies- one particular one being Obamacare. After listening to my one and only real grip with it, he ended up suggesting that I look into an Independent candidate. We spoke in great depth on the subject of how Bernie Sander's idea could work, and what problems which have been faced on the matter. He has a passion for building a means of retaining resources (environmental projects), which is a major part of why he believes in the Democratic Party. The knowledge he possesses on the subject of water problems is vast, and the gentleman is only 23 with a lot of experience. Today, I held a good conversation with someone that is in an opposite party to my own. Neither one pushing our ideologies onto one another, just a good talk, with valuable information- and a shared interest in inspiring others to vote regardless of whether they agree with our concerns or not. :)
    • Rants far and wide (Last post by Kamizu)
    • You know, Anxiety, I'm really tired of your @)$(*. You've been clinging to my back all week. Go. Away. I'm going to be flying solo as a parent for the next three days and I don't need your 'help'. *)@* off!

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